Sunnie Pham from Vietnam on how to push beyond your comfort zone (part 1)


Do you have any favourite spots in the city?

Yes, thecentre of NZ, the Rabbit Island, and the Rock road by the beach. I come here every time I need some fresh air or simply do exercises.

Did you experience something that you didn’t get to experience in Vietnam?

Buying fruits from local stands without any supervision from owners. The only way to pay is dropping cash into the honesty boxes. Very Kiwi style!

How often do you speak with your friends/family from home? And what type of communication channels do you use to keep in touch?

2-3 times per weeks by Messengers or Skype.

Have you toured around the country? If so, give us the top must-see places.

Yes, I did and going to do again. I love all of the South island and Wellington the most. I often recommend my friends to travel around NZ by their own cars to such beautiful as Golden Bays, Abel Tasman national park, Nelson lake national park, watching whales in Kaikoura, the West Coast, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Milford Sounds, Wanaka, lake Tekapo, Dunedin, the driving road that passes Mt. Cook, travelling from Picton to Wellington by ferry, etc. I have not travelled much to the North island, but would love to do more before leaving NZ.

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What’s the best thing about the country you’re studying in?

The beautiful nature and adventurous activities.

What’s the greatest cultural element you discovered here, something that you would potentially want to ‘implement’ in Vietnam?

The perception to protect the natural environments which I could mostly find everywhere and in everyone. I think this is one of the Kiwi culture. And hopefully, the people in my country will be deeply aware of this aspect soon.


Special thanks to Sunnie Pham from Vietnam for sharing all this with us. Sunnie has graduated from the Hoang Hoa Tham high school, and is now studying at NMIT in New Zealand. You can find out more about why students chose NMIT on the WhyStudyhere page.